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Jerky Along the Santa Fe Trail

Today, we think of beef jerky in its signature stick form: easy to grab for an afternoon snack or a quick energy boost on the hiking trail. During the Fur Trade era, however, beef jerky often made the difference between eating at all, or going hungry.

Although the concept of drying meat had existed for centuries, it became particularly important to hunters, traders and travelers of the mid-19th century as a way to preserve meat without refrigeration during long journeys.… Read the entire post >

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The Life of Kit Carson

In the Southwest, the name Kit Carson is almost synonymous with “fur trapper” or “frontiersman.” This real-life historical figure became the subject of folk lore and legend even in his own time, as he expanded the fur trade and forged new trails across the West during the mid-19th century.

Raised in Missouri in the early 1800s by poor farmers, Carson made his way west to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1826. He began fur trapping two years later, moving north … Read the entire post >

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The History of Fur Trade Meals

In the mid-1800s, the fur trade expanded to the American West, with mountain men trappers, merchants and American Indian tribes eager to exchange their wares at trading posts across the frontier. While the opportunity to swap pelts, ammunition and ingredients initially brought these traders together, the meals they shared at these posts provided rare and welcome moments of community on the expansive prairie.

At popular trading posts like the original Bent’s Old Fort, guests were welcomed with an impressive meal. … Read the entire post >

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2018 Tesoro Cultural Center Holiday Events

‘Tis the season for upcoming holiday events at Tesoro Cultural Center and The Fort. Please join us for these cultural holiday traditions, including the Farolito Lighting, Las Posadas and more. These events are rooted in traditions unique to southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. Make these traditions your own by celebrating with us this year!

Farolito Lighting & Pinecone Ceremony

When: Sunday, November 25, from 4-6 p.m.

Where: On the grounds of The Fort Restaurant (19192 CO-8, Morrison, … Read the entire post >

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Recipe: Indian Fry Bread

The exact roots of Indian Fry Bread and its traditions are unknown, but Sam’l P. Arnold – co-founder of Tesoro Cultural Center – believed it could not have been made prior to when the American Indians began trading with settlers. Once they were able to trade for metal kettles, frying became a common cooking technique for American Indians and it is believed that Indian Fry Bread was initially introduced to them in the form of German or Dutch donuts, called … Read the entire post >

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Holiday Traditions with Tesoro Cultural Center

‘Tis the season for holiday festivities, and at Tesoro Cultural Center, we celebrate in historic fashion, with traditions unique to Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico, near the original Bent’s Old Fort. This year, make our traditions your own, and celebrate the season with Tesoro Cultural Center.

Farolito Lighting and Pinecone Ceremony

When: Sunday, November 26, from 4-6 p.m.

Where: On the grounds of The Fort Restaurant (19192 CO-8, Morrison, CO 80465)

Cost: This event is free, and … Read the entire post >

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Head Back to School with Tesoro

School is back in session, and we’re excited to welcome students, teachers and parents for a variety of educational programs, which are dedicated to bringing the diverse history of early Colorado to life.

Bent’s Fort: A Crossroads

This two-hour fieldtrip, held on the grounds of The Fort Restaurant, explores the history of Bent’s Old Fort and Colorado. Led by educators and interpreters dressed in authentic attire, this program is ideal for students grades third through eight. In accordance with Colorado … Read the entire post >

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Celebrate Tesoro Cultural Center’s 1830s Rendezvous

From tomahawk throwing to hide scraping and flint and steel fire starting, we will celebrate the mountain men and frontier women of the Fur Trade era this September with our annual 1830s Rendezvous event.

This weekend-long celebration, now in its 16th year, features demonstrations, re-enactments and hands-on activities for all ages. The 1830s Rendezvous also honors those committed to excellence in historical interpretation and craftsmanship. This year, our honored guest and Tesoro de Hoy award recipient is John M. Carson, … Read the entire post >

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